In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar

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Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi’s home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she has left-a strong back and a willing heart-to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.

Ruth is the youngest daughter in her family and is not favored like her sisters. One day while shopping for her mother, Naomi approaches her and they become friends. Naomi is a widow with 2 grown sons. She invited Ruth over and introduces her to her sons. Mahlon and Ruth get married and after several years they have not had children. Mahlon and his brother get sick and pass away. Naomi is left alone with her 2 daughter-in-laws and decides she wants to go home. She tries to convince her daughter-in-laws to return to their families, but Ruth refuses. She travels with Naomi to Israel. When they get to Israel they have no money and very little food. Ruth goes to glean from the fields that are being harvested. She ends up in Boaz’s field. Boaz is a relative of Naomi’s husband and takes favor upon Ruth. He feeds her while she is working and tells his workers to leaves extra grain for her to pick up.

When the harvest season is coming to an end, Naomi convinces Ruth to dress up and go to where Boaz is. When he goes to sleep Ruth is to sleep at his feet. If Boaz responds as Naomi suspects, Ruth and Boaz will marry. If they marry, their first child will be considered Mahlon’s child, Naomi’s grandchild.

In the Field of Grace written by Tessa Afshar is a Biblical Historical Fiction based on the Bible accounting of Ruth and Naomi. When reading the story in the Bible I do not think of the conditions of the time and this story brings that to life. It is written so well, it feels like you are there in the field with Ruth. The writing is so realistic it is easy to feel the heat they must have worked in and the pain of the long days work. It is very easy to see how the Israelite could accept Ruth, with her loving and caring personality. It is fun to read a story that tells us how people like Naomi and Ruth were able to care for themselves. The little things that a farmer could do, that would benefit those in need so much. I like that the author has given us some incite into Ruth and Boaz’s past as well as a look into their decedents. If you like Biblical Fiction, you will love this story.

I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishing and I have written an honest review.

304 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0802410979

Publisher: River North

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Betrayed by Sandra Robbins

sandrarobbins_betrayedBetrayal is Book 3 in the Firebrand Series written by Sandra Robbins. This is Casey and Reese’s story. Casey Morgan has left Firebrand and joined law enforcement when she makes a traffic stop and arrests a member of Malloy’s Militia. This is a group of violent people who live in a remote mountain area. They claim to be survivalist but are really criminals who are involved with an Indonesian smuggler that Casey escaped from years earlier. He is back to get Casey.

Casey is drugged by members of the Militia and phones Reese to come to her home right away. When he gets there, Casey is not acting right and Reese is shot. Reese takes Casey back to the Firebrand Center. Casey is eventually cleared of the shooting charges but she is not safe until the Militia are taken care of. People that Casey and Reese think they can trust are also involved in the Militia.

This is a very suspenseful, fast moving story with a touch of romance. Just like the rest of the series, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat with the suspense and action. This is a very good story, the story line keeps moving and bringing back people from the past books. I was very surprised that several of the people I thought were among the good guys, were actually part of the Militia. Even though this book does stand alone, you will get the whole story by reading the series in order.

Sandra Robbins is an award-winning, best-selling author. “It is her prayer that God will use the words she writes to plant seeds of hope in the lives of her readers so that they come to know the peace that God’s love bring.”

I would like to thank the author and BookClub Network for allowing me to read this wonderful series. I have written an honest review .

My previous reviews can be found at:

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/targeted-by-sandra-robbins/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/hunted-by-sandra-robins/

Series: Firebrand Series

278 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0996891837

Publisher: Larkspur Lane Press

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For The Record by Regina Jennings

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For The Record is Book 3 in the Ozark Mountain Romance series written by Regina Jennings. This also is a stand alone book. The story takes place in Pine Gap, Missouri in 1885.

Deputy Joel Puckett was given the option to move to Pine Gap or lose his job and reputation. When he arrives at Pine Gap, the community is not welcoming. The previous sheriff did not do his job and a group of men formed the Bald Knobbers. The Bald Knobbers is a group that goes out in masks providing what they consider justice. Joel has the enormous task of getting the community to understand he is the law in the town.

Betsy Huckabee is the niece of the town’s newspaper owner. Betsy also helps her uncle with the newspaper, she appears to be everywhere all the time. She even dresses up as a Bald Knobber. She has secretly been writing fictional stories and sending them to out of town newspapers. She is trying to save money to be able to move out on her own. She uses Joel as the main character for her new series. She uses facts from some of the towns events in her stories as well as Joel’s last name. The series gets picked up by a lot of other newspapers than the one she sent it to. Because of her stories the governor’s office has sent men to investigate Joel.

This is a fun to read Christian Historical fiction story with suspense and romance mixed in within the story. Being a historical story, Betsy’s character was more that of a modern woman. But that is what makes the story fun, not know what she will do next. The story also has many twists and turns to keep the suspense going through out the whole story. We also see the generosity of Betsy’s uncle and his family as they take in people in need. If you like good clean historical stories, you will love this story!
Online reviews state this is part of a series, but this does not appear on the book. This is very much a stand alone story as well.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House and I have written an honest review.

Series:Ozark Mountain Romance (Book 3)

336 pages

ISBN: 9780764211423

Publisher: Bethany House

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Unplanned by Alana Terry

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Unplanned by Alana Terry is Book on in A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel series. Kennedy has recently moved to the United States from Jilin Province China to attend college. Kennedy’s childhood pastor is in the process of starting a pregnancy center and is in need of volunteers. Kennedy has agreed to take the phone for the weekend when she receives a mysterious call from a 13 year old girl who is pregnant asking it if hurts to have an abortion. The young girl turns out to the the daughter of a pro-life politician who is a supporter of the new center as well as an attender of the pastor’s church. The call is overheard by the young girls uncle, who takes matters into his own hands.

While sitting in her dorm room, Kennedy gets a visitor that tells her he needs her roommates identification as her roommate was just in an accident. Kennedy follows the man outside where he abducts her. Kennedy is take to the same place the young girl is taken. The abductors try to get the young girl to take medication that will cause a miscarriage. Kennedy tries to keep them from forcing the girl to take them.

Kennedy goes to the pastors home to recover from being held hostage. While there she struggles with the pro-life issues she was raised to believe. She struggles with wondering if forcing a young girl of 13 to follow through on a birth is best. The pastor’s wife is very good at listening and not forcing her beliefs on Kennedy.

This is a very good suspenseful story! This story is written so well, I was so absorbed into the story I could not put it down. I appreciate the struggles that Kennedy was going through with being so busy with her own life and still finding time to volunteer. The author uses Psalms 139: 13-14 as the Scripture Kennedy reads while struggling with her feelings.

The book also has great discussion questions at the end. The author has taken the feeling of women who have had abortions into account and separated those questions away from the rest. The author also included a page in her acknowledgements for the young reader who may be struggling with being pregnant. She gives great recommendations and resources for this situation.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network and this is my honest review.

Series: Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel

286 pages

ISBN: 9781941735060

Publisher: Potter Works Publishing

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Lots of Love by Kim Washburn

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I climb in bed for tuck-in. This day has been the best. I got love and I gave it too, and now it’s time to rest.”

Lots of Love by Kim Washburn is a hard covered, board book that follows a young girl from when she wakes up Valentine’s morning through her day. She spends time playing with a little dog and snuggling with her mommy. He daddy takes her to school where she helps clean up, spends time with her friends, and makes a glittery heart that she gives her teacher. When she gets home she tells her family she loves them.

This is a very cute Valentine’s Day story for the preschooler and young reader. I like how the story follows this little girl through her day as she helps others, gives and receives love from her family, friends and teacher.As well as how it explains that God is who gives us what we have and how much he loves us.

Being a board book, this is a very durable book for the younger child but an older child may find this a little childish.The pages are brightly colored pictures of children, animals and adults in varying scenes such as out doors, in school and at home. The story is written in rhyme and teaches those reading and listening to the book about the love shared between family and friends. This is the perfect book to spend time snuggling and reading with a younger child.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers and this is my honest review.

18 pages

Ages: Preschool – 3rd grade

ISBN: 9780310758617

Publisher: Zonderkidz

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Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

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Fatal Frost, written by Nancy Mehl, is book 1 in the Defenders of Justice series. U. S. Marshal Mercy Brennan is in the process of reestablishing a relationship with her father, Nick, an officer with the St. Louise police department, when he is fatally shot. It has become aware that Nick was working with members of a gang, and now that Nick is dead, the gang has targeted Mercy. Mercy’s boss developed a plan for Mercy to go check on a man in the witness protection program. He also sends her ex-boyfriend and fellow marshal, Mark, and her friend and neighbor, Tally. Tally is also in law enforcement. The real reason for this assignment is to get Mercy out of town for her safety.

While on their way to the assignment, they are in a snow storm and end of going off the road. A snowmobile, driven by the supposed man they are to check on, arrives and takes them to the house he is staying at. But all is not what they are expecting. The man is really a member of the gang. Mercy, Mark and Tally have no way of knowing who they can trust. There are also moles at the U. S. Marshal department and they don’t even know if they can trust their boss. Mercy finds the chip her father left in her jacket at their last meeting and she does not share this with anyone as she does not even trust her friends.

This is a good romantic suspense book. It is more a suspense than romance as there is so much taking place in the story. There are several characters in the story but are introduced in a way that they are easy to follow. The story is written so well, that I felt cold while reading the part about being caught in the storm. I felt so sorry for Tally when he was tied up outdoors without proper clothing. While I was reading I was constantly wondering who the good guys and who the bad guys were.

I appreciate how the author used the situation Tally and Mercy were in to help show them that God is faithful and helps during even the worst situation. I also liked that while Tally was considering leaving the force for his son who was struggling with his job, Tally made the decision to stay with the force due to the death of a young man. If some good could come form this young man’s death, it would be to help other kids stay out of trouble and to know that they mattered to the world and to God.

I want to thank the author and Bethany House Publishing for providing me with this book. This is my honest review.

Series:Defenders of Justice (Book 1)

304 pages

ISBN: 9780764217777

Publisher: Bethany House

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8 Steps to Achieve Your Destiny by Samuel R. Chand

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Using a wealth of examples gleaned from today’s top organizations, Dr. Samuel R. Chand lays a solid foundation to prepare today’s leaders for the unavoidable difficulties. Whether you run a corporation, a non-profit organization, or a church, 8 Steps to Achieve Your Destiny will provide insight into eight issues every leader must face.”

In this book the author writes about the importance of the people you work with That those you have worked with in the past are not the ones that will be good for your future. He talks about the importance of having positive people, people who will help you grow and those that will grow with you.

He writes about the places our future will take us. As humans we cling to the familiar, but with God’s help we strive for the unfamiliar. It is in the unfamiliar that we learn to trust God and have faith in him. To have growth we must walk in the unfamiliar. The author points that for some people that being left in the familiar too long will lead them to becoming bored and restless. These gifted visionaries need to move on.

Each time we respond to a new possibility, new doors open for us. Our attitude and thinking changes. He also walks us through the importance of personal preparedness for growth. But not everything about growth is easy. There will be pain, there will be criticism from others.

When I was asked to read this book, I did not realize that it would become a book that would help me with my “growth”. As a volunteer of many different programs, most in the leadership capacity, I have had to step back and take a look at what direction my future holds. This book has been very helpful during this time. As I step away from programs that I have been with for a long time or those that are very near and dear to my heart, I have felt extreme pain. But through this book I have come to realize this is the way it should be. That to have stayed in those positions I would have grown frustrated. The hardest thing for me when moving forward has been leaving the people what I have worked with. And with this book, I see that is also normal That I will now be involved with a whole new group of people who will help me grow even more.

I really was helped a lot by reading this book. It helped reaffirm to me that the changes I am making in my volunteer life are doors that God are closing and opening for me. Some of them not always what I thought would happen. If you are in a leadership position and are feeling frustrated, bored and felling there is something else out there for you, this is a must read book!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Book Club Network. This is my honest review.

167 pages

ISBN: 9781629117348

Publisher: Whitaker House

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Out of the Frying Pan by Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer

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When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sister-in-laws Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be more concerned about their safety or the criminals?”

Zula wakes up early to be able to dig through the flower shops garbage for the silk flowers that have not sold. But first Zula and Fern must have breakfast. When go have breakfast, they find the doors locked. They go to investigate and find the cook dead and almost immediately they start their own investigation. Zula does eventually get a drive to take her to get the silk flowers. When they get back home she needs to retrieve her flowers from the car and her little dog is occupied with something by the tire. Zula checks and finds a bag of drugs hidden in the car. Without each other knowing, Zula and Fern both break into each others boyfriends homes and search for possible evidence to tie them to the murder.

Detective Jared Flynn is called into investigate the murder. Not only is he having to try to find the killer but he is stuck with these two nosy women. While doing the investigation the elderly women at the retirement village have their granddaughters to “console them”. Even Zula and Fern have called their niece to be with them. When she arrives their plans are to get her and Jared together.

Jared is a single man, who was dating on line until a year earlier when his girlfriend KC broke up with him because she met a man where she lives. Jared is still missing the relationship he had with KC. Meanwhile, KC’s new boyfriend feels things are moving too fast and their relationship ends and KC flies to spend time with her aunts Zula and Fern.

I really enjoyed reading this story. This is a funny easy to read book that will keep you wondering what the two women will get into next. This is a clean and wholesome romance with a lot of mystery. Authors Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer have done a wonderful job of writing a who done it type of story. It is very fast moving with so many different things happening all at once. There are a lot of characters in the story by they are very easy to follow along with. Most are introduced at the very beginning of the story as Zula and Fern walk to breakfast.

I received a copy of this book from the authors and Book Club Network. This is my honest review.

276 pages

ISBN: 9781938499135

Publisher: Bling! Romance

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Jesus Shows Me by Callie Grant

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Jesus Shows Me, written by Callie Grant, is part of the Knowing My God series. This book focuses on John 15:9-14. With 18 beautiful pages, the child will the Bible verses as well as about different animals and how them protect and teach their young. The pages included real life photos of penguins, kangaroo,ducks,dolphins, wolves, zebra, and elephant. This book is meant for all ages of children. It will allow the baby to hear your voice, for the toddler, is helps teach them by talking about the pictures, and for the older child, they will learn the Bible verse as well as the information about the different type of animals. The book also supplies discussion questions at the end to help talk with the older child about friendship and love.

This is my favorite book in this series! I love that the author has used this particular Bible verse to teach about Gods love for us and our love for others. I also like how the author has used animals and how they care for their family. She provides information that I did not know, so this book will also be fun for adults to read to their children.

This is a very durable board book, with shiny, easy to clean pages. It is a good size for children to hold and carry as well. I enjoyed looking at the real life photos of the parent animal and their young as well.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network. This is my honest review.

Series: Knowing My God

Board book: 18 pages

ISBN: 9780985409036

Publisher: Graham Blanchard Inc.

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I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug! by Caroline B. Cooney

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I’m going to give you a bear hug. A show you how much I care hug. A good night, Sleep tight,Way beyond compare hug.”

I’m going to give you a Bear Hug! written by Caroline B Cooney is a bed time book for young children. This hard covered book has brightly colored pages of different animals hugging young children Some of the animals pictured are bear, dog, cat, horse, duck, pig, fish, whale, caterpillar and sheep.

This is a cute short story. I look forward to reading this to my grandsons. I like that the author included several different types of animals in the story, especially the fish and the whale. Young children will be able to learn to say the animal names with repeated reading and interaction. For the more active child, this may not be a good book to read before bedtime as they may want to interact like the characters in the story.

The book is written for children ages 4 to 8. I think this book is for the child that enjoys being read to, more than for the child learning how to read. Some of the words would be a little hard for the average young reader.

With 32 shiny colorful pages, this books gives the adult the opportunity to read to their child a short story that will reaffirm that they are loved. Tim Warness has done a wonderful job illustrating the pictures for this book. While the book is published by a Christian publishing company, the only Christian reference is to say a prayer before bedtime.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher BookLook Bloggers and I have written an honest review.

32 pages

ISBN: 9780310754732

Publisher: Zonderkids

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